Saturday, 25 June 2011

A Few Words from Anthony Ponzio, U.S. director

Gi60 has always been a wild ride, from the first days of figuring out where to dangle microphones and filming on three different camera formats through my introductory experience as a director three years ago, right up until today, a little more than a week past our 2011 festival – and the ride never gets old. There’s an energy, a chaotic enthusiasm, that sweeps through every member of the cast and crew as we work to put this thing together.
It starts right around the end of April, as the submission deadline approaches, and I just can’t help imagining what kinds of plays were written. Reading them is simply a thrilling experience and I am always left astounded not only by the pieces but by the subtle commonality that is expressed through hundreds of one-minutes plays submitted from around the world. We think and feel much the same things, clandestine emotions and haunting experiences, no matter where we were born.
Then the real fun begins, the process I feel so lucky to be a part of: bringing those pieces to life. You wouldn’t believe how deeply a director and cast can delve into sixty seconds worth of text. For the US contingent, three directors and thirteen actors and actresses, the work itself is an impending energy, always lurking over our shoulders as we hustle from room to room, making discoveries and breakthroughs just as our time runs out…it’s frustrating, rewarding, exhausting and exhilarating.
Oh, but it’s not over. All of the reading and rehearsing, the planning and coordinating, everything we’ve worked toward culminates with the festival itself. 50 plays in 50 minutes is a frenetic ride and the audience, a mix of dedicated returnees and excited first-timers, has never faltered in creating that perfect atmosphere, a mixture of uninhibited laughter, unexpected silences and unbridled enjoyment.

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Gi60 2011 US and UK Festival - Thank You!

Our great thanks to everyone who made Gi60 2011: The International One Minute Play Festival a huge success: the playwrights, acting company, directors, stage managers, designers, film supervisors and film crew, and most of all our dedicated audiences. Thank you to the UK audience members who braved the elements and attended at the Viaduct Theatre. The rain couldn't dampen your enthusiasm or support! Thank you to the US audiences who conquered the maze of construction barriers to find the New Workshop Theater at Brooklyn College, and who gave so generously of their energy and wallets (we raised a little over $2,000.00 for next year's scholarship fund). More details on both events to follow.
Gi60 US plays will begin the editing process this week, and we hope to post to the Gi60 Channel on YouTube by late August - Gi60 UK plays may be available much sooner! Check this site for announcement of dates.
Thank you, and next stop: Gi60 Channel on YouTube and BBC Big Screen!!

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Gi60 is almost here

As you are all aware the Gi60 2011 live editions will be hitting stages in the UK and US this weekend (Fri 10 - Sun 12). I know rehearsals on both sides of the atlantic have been going very well and final prepaprations are being made for this years events. ScreamingMediaProductions is thrilled to be working once again with Leeds Meropolitan University and their fantastic film crew who will be live vision mixing the Gi60 UK live edition again this year. As part of our work with Leeds Met and the Regional Universities Network (The RUN) a select group of students from across the region have been given the opportunity to recieve training on multi camera direction and live vision mixing techniques. Working with the Leeds Met film crew and actors from ScreamingMediaProductions students participated in a workshop earlier this week (see photo) and will assist with the final recording of the UK live edition on Sun 12. Once again we are in debt to all our supporters (Dean Clough, Brooklyn College, BBC Big Screen, Leeds Met, Northern Broadsides) on both sides of the Atlantic for their continued support and enthusiasm for Gi60.

100 tiny plays... the fun starts Friday :o)

Thursday, 2 June 2011

Ticket Information: Gi60 2011

Gi60 Live U.S. Edition:

Friday June 10, 8:00 pm, and Saturday June 11, at 8:00 pm.
Presented by the Department of Theater at Brooklyn College and ScreamingMediaProductions New Workshop Theater at Brooklyn College

Tickets: $10.00 - All proceeds go to the Gi60 Scholarship Fund at Brooklyn College. Reservations Strongly Recommended: (718) 951-5000 X 2768
(the theater complex is currently undergoing renovation: please leave extra time to walk around to the new entrance!)

Gi60 Live UK Edition:

Sunday June 12, 6:00 pm.
Presented by ScreamingMediaProductions, Dean Clough and Leeds Metropolitan University
Viaduct Theatre, Halifax, UK
Tickets: £6.00 (£4.00 concs)
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